My dog ate my door.
No, that is not a type-o or a euphemism or a metaphor.
MY DOG ATE MY DOOR!
We came home from our trip, picked the dog up from the usual dog-sitters, brought her home and carried on with life as usual.
Except suddenly, life “as usual” is not good enough for our dog. She has developed a staggering case of separation anxiety, and on Friday night while we were out she ate a big piece of molding off our front door! (Along with making a huge mess of the room where her food is.) We made sure she wasn’t left for long over the rest of the weekend, and gave her lots of exercise.
It hasn’t helped.
Her anxiety’s been getting steadily worse over the past couple days, and this morning I couldn’t even shower alone. She clawed and whined at the bathroom door until I opened it.
We have no idea what triggered the anxiety. She’s 6.5 years old and has never had a problem before. She’s had plenty of upheaval in her life and has always settled immediately back into a routine without being destructive. She always goes to the same dog-sitters, and she’s been with them for a 3 week vacation before.
The only thing new, is that our dog-sitters now have a dog of their own, and she became quite good friends with that dog while we were away. Does she miss having a buddy SO badly that she can no longer handle being alone? That would be terrible, considering we are not going to get another dog.
Anyone out there had experience with a sudden onset of separation anxiety in their dog? Any suggestions for what to do about it?
I would prefer she stick to eating ice cream.